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COVID + ABUSE PREVENTION on CTV NEWS

Thank you for the great report Lyds Maria and CTV News and CTV Northern Ontario for spotlighting this important message for parents.
 
I was interviewed by Lydia Chubak from CTV Northern Ontario news about the 3 things parents should be thinking about and taking action on during this quarantine for kids of different ages in terms of abuse prevention.

# 1- Kids who are living with or staying with a child sexual predator parent or another family member, should be getting abuse prevention education (from at least one parent) on what to do at this time (knowing how and who to report to- ei: the other parent, hotline, safety network, etc.) knowing their rights, and body safety, etc.

# 2- Parents who have to work during this time outside of the home (everyone from doctors to grocery store cashiers) and are having to put their kids in the care of family, friends, babysitters, etc., also need to give their kids abuse prevention education (a sort of sensitive crash course),...
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If your kids are TIKTOK USERS

If your kids are TIKTOK USERS or are thinking about allowing them to use TIKTOK, here's what you need to know to keep them safe.
 
Here is the link to register for the FIRESIDE CHAT free class on Online Safety Starter Talks for Kids Ages 3-13+ https://zoom.us/webinar/register/
 
Learn more about TikTok at Common Sense Media on their website
 
 
 
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ONLINE SAFETY (for kids of ALL ages) DURING THIS QUARANTINE PERIOD

TIPS for what to do to keep kids SAFE ONLINE during this high usage time to prevent predators from accessing your kids.

1:26 This is the link for Bark that I mentioned in the video: http://www.bark.us for helping you monitor your child's online usage.

2:19 You can listen to my podcast episode with Titania Jordan, the CMO of Bark at this link: https://aboutconsent.com/episode/ep-16-online-abuse-what-parents-need-to-know/

11:56 Check out other resources like CyberWise that have great classes (as well as free resources right now) at https://www.cyberwise.org/

 

 

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If you're a parent working outside of the home!

IF YOU'RE A PARENT WORKING OUTSIDE OF YOUR HOME, THIS VIDEO IS FOR YOU!

Here are the things you can teach your kids if they are under the care of a step-parent, family, friends, babysitters, basically anyone other than yourself.

1- Explain to them what body autonomy and boundaries are.

2- Talk about private parts and how those areas are only for them to touch/see.

3- Talk about the difference between secrets and the difference between secrets and surprises.

4- Create a safety network and let your child know what to do if they are in an unsafe situation or experience unsafe touch.

5- Use things like safety words and teach them that they can ALWAYS tell you anything and that it doesn't matter when something happened, they can still always tell you!

6- Use communication tools (like CONSENTletters™) to let your child's caretakers know that you are actively teaching your kids about body safety.

Check out below for more info on each of these steps!

Sending you love and strength.

 

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The #1 Thing To Do When Putting A Child In A New Childcare Situation

Here is the link for the FREE PDF download for the Top Recommended Books For Your Abuse Prevention Library: https://aboutconsent.lpages.co/abuse-prevention-library-pdf

 

Here is the How To Create A Safety Network video: https://www.consentparenting.com/blog/how-to-create-a-safety-network-for-your-kids-and-why-it-s-so-important 

 

Here is the CONSENTletters™ templates mini-course discounted link: https://www.consentparenting.com/offers/Lc3932Nx/checkout?coupon_code=EMPOWER&fbclid=IwAR3R7yonwBf-ZFoXd_ORTbJHzWHAe-vj3VeQgyuBWzlhLtSjUJCEegKqsTQ

 

If you are experiencing school/daycare interruptions and are getting creative with childcare so you can continue to work, please note that this is one of THE MOST CRITICAL TIMES to also empower your kids.

Unfortunately, these changes in childcare can put kids at greater risk. BUT you don't have to panic. This is a time to educate and empower.

THIS WEEK ALL WEEK I'll be coming on LIVE to give you...

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How Harry Potter Helps Me Teach My Kids About Consent (and Secrets and Tricky People)!

When it comes to finding ways to reinforce lessons about abuse prevention, you can definitely find GOLD in JK Rowlings Harry Potter series. I've been able to pull beautiful examples of consent, secrets and tricky people as well as many others.

I talk about those three in this video so you can get a sense of how to use them in the books that your kids are already reading. But I also give an example from media (Frozen) and how you can use those as well.

We want to know that our kids are truly understanding the lessons we teach about body safety, boundaries and consent. So getting affirmations coming FROM THEM is such a wonderful feeling.

It's a confirmation that they are 'getting it' and that they are becoming empowered!

There are many ways we can use everyday moments to teach and then reinforce abuse prevention education without it having to feel or be uncomfortable or anxiety-producing! The tools are all around us! You just have to start to see the world through consent!

If you'd...

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Interview by Jessie Medina of FEMx Podcast with Rosalia Rivera: Rape Culture Series Episode

In this podcast episode by FEMx Podcast by Jessie Medina, I was interviewed to talk about consent education. I talk about how to educate kids on protecting themselves and their bodies, how survivors can start to the healing process and more!
 

The best conversations are had between those who support and respect each other! It was an honor to be invited as a guest on the FEMx Podcast by the magical Jessie Medina of FEM Latinas!

 

I invite you to check out this episode where we discuss:

📍 What is Consent & Boundaries are.

📍 What those concepts mean for the empowerment of women.

📍 What parents should do if they suspect abuse.

📍 Why it's so important to educate our youth on these topics!

📍 What abuse survivors need to know!

 

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Helping Kids Regulate Emotions For Body Safety

 
Because of the way children's brains develop, they can't regulate their emotions with ease. It's our job as parents to help them navigate that.
 
However, if we, as kids, were not taught how to regulate our own emotions, we may not be able to do it ourselves, let alone help our kids!
 
In this video, I show you a technique that I learned from Dr. Dan Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson and their book The Whole Brain Child. In that book, they present various techniques for helping kids self regulate and connect with the parent so they can move through difficult emotions.
 
But, you may be asking, WHY does this matter when it comes to body safety?
 
As you will hear in the video, when we can help our kids learn to process their emotions, understand them, and regulate them, they can then make more rational decisions under stressful circumstances.
 
If your child were ever to find themselves in a situation that was unsafe, wouldn't you want them to be able to keep...
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How to create a SAFETY NETWORK for your kids and why it's so important!

ABUSE PREVENTION TOOLKIT: A safety network is a MUST in your abuse prevention toolkit. Here are the reasons why:

- Your child needs to know that they have other adults/peers in their life that they can turn to if they need help and you (as the primary caregiver) are either unavailable or they can't turn to you for any number of reasons.

- They may be put in a position where they are bribed, threatened or

So what do you need to create a safety-network?

You need to have 3 to 5 adults (can include one peer) and one of those adults needs to be someone that is NOT family.

Your child should help you select who they feel are the trusted adults that can be included in the safety-network.

once you have your list, you need to then ask those adults/peers if they are willing to be in your family's safety- network and what that will mean if they agree.

What it will mean is that they are accessible to reach by phone or in-person and that if they can't be accessible that they can reach out to...

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Why Sex Positivity Matters When Teaching Consent

In this episode, I had the great pleasure of connecting with Melissa Carnagey of Sex Positive Families. Melissa is one of the first educators I found when I started on my own journey of educating my kids on the topics of consent and sexual health. Her comprehensive resources and style of educating (straight forward, shame-free and sex positive) were so refreshing and empowering! So I am thrilled to introduce you to her work if you don’t already know her! In this episode we talked about a number of things including: – Her WHY of becoming a sex educator – How Sex Positive Families came to be and it’s mission – Why sex positive education in the BIPOC community is so important (as well as the representation of POC in the education space) – How sex ed for those with trauma history is so important, particularly when educating our kids about these, sometimes triggering, topics. 

Melissa Carnagey (she/they) is a sexuality educator, licensed social...

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